It has turned into one of the matches you should see each fall, especially in the boys soccer community.
St. Cloud Apollo is host to St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Michie Field. It’s part of a doubleheader. Tech and Apollo’s girls teams play at 5 p.m.
St. Cloud soccer traditionally has been very strong (St. Cloud Cathedral’s really good, too) and the contests between Tech and Apollo have been memorable.
Apollo has won the last five meetings, but Tech held the advantage before that.
Tech has the more experienced squad in 2013 and was 2-0-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 4-0-2 overall heading into Saturday.
Apollo (2-2-1, 4-3-2) has talent, but lost most of its lineup after going 11-1-1 in the CLC and 14-3-1 overall in 2012.
“I think is going to be a tough game,” Apollo senior Roble Abader said. “We have to practice hard. There’s a lot of rivalry ….
“I know a lot of them. I’m kind of intimidated by them. I think they’re pretty good. I think we’ll have to play our best to beat them.”
Coach Nantha Viswanathan’s team has a 2-2 tie to Willmar and a 0-0 tie to Anoka as the only non-wins so far. The Tigers have beaten Monticello (5-1), Cambridge (7-0), Sauk Rapids (3-0) and Brainerd (1-0).
“I know they lack confidence,” Apollo head coach Ganard Orionzi said of his team. “That’s what I’m trying to give to them.
“I think if we can get that confidence by halftime, we have a chance.”